Kanye West Sued for Using Unauthorized Music Snippets on New Album

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Rapper, producer and entrepreneur Kanye West who legally changed his name to Ye last year, was sued this Wednesday (29) for allegedly using samples of a song by the musician. Marshall Jefferson without permission.

Ultra International Music Publishing LLC said that “Flowers”, from West’s Donda 2 album, includes samples of Jefferson’s 1986 dance song “Move Your Body”, repeated at least 22 times.

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A representative for West did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did West’s label, Universal Music Group, which is not a party to the lawsuit.

Samples are sound snippets of songs, which, if reused in a new melody, give rise to a new sound.

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A lawyer for Ultra International, which owns the rights to Jefferson’s music, said the company had no comment and believes the lawsuit speaks for itself.

Jefferson is a house music pioneer from West’s hometown of Chicago. According to the lawsuit, West and his representatives acknowledged during conversations with Jefferson that “Flowers” samples “Move Your Body” but did not obtain a license.

“West defends artists’ rights with one hand, but isn’t shy about taking away another artist’s rights with the other,” the lawsuit reads.

West released “Donda 2” in February exclusively through its Stem Player, a handheld device that allows users to isolate and recombine parts of music.

Kano Computing Ltd, a British company that developed the Stem Player with West and is also named in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: CNN Brasil

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